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  Over 1,000 Distracted Driving Tickets Issued in First Year

Feb 03, 2011 13:45 ET

In excess of 1,000 tickets were issued by Durham officers in the first year of the new distracted driving law.

February 1st marked the anniversary of our year-long enforcement campaign with our officers issuing 1,141 tickets in various municipalities throughout Durham Region.

The majority of tickets, 1,098, were issued to drivers observed holding a hand-held communication device, such as a cellphone. The second (23 ) and third (20) most common infractions were display screens visible to drivers while operating a motor vehicle and entertainment devices being held by drivers while operating a motor vehicle, respectively.

The municipalities of Oshawa (378) and Ajax/Pickering (366) were a close tie for the highest number of tickets issued in their respective locations by officers enforcing the new law.

DRPS Traffic Services Branch is attributing distracted driving, specifically cellphone use, as the cause for two serious motor vehicle collisions in 2010 and officers are currently investigating a third incident from 2011 that may also have been caused by distracted driving.

Durham Police would like to remind all motorists in Durham Region that drivers are prohibited by law, from handling electronic devices while operating motor vehicles.

The exception to this law arises if a motorist decides to dial 911 during an emergency situation such as the reporting of an impaired driver on the highway.

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